Nakachi Ogbonna

Individual Session fee
(remote only)

$170 +HST

Sessions are 50 minutes. Session costs may be covered by your insurance provider if you have coverage for services provided by Registered Social Workers.

Couples Session fee
(remote only)

$220 +HST

Nakachi Ogbonna

Ontario therapist | BSW, RSW

Life is hard enough. Therapy does not need to be overly stressful. For this reason I take a relaxed approach, infusing light humour while discussing some of your deepest thoughts and concerns. My aim is for your time with me to be one of the best parts of your week, because it is where you know you can be your authentic self with a warm and non-judgemental supporter. My approach is founded on living life with intention as the key to successfully overcoming mental health challenges and achieving the vision you have for your life. Therapy can work for anyone when there is a strong relationship between the client and therapist. For this reason I prioritize building a strong therapeutic partnership with my clients --- that is grounded on transparency, empathy, and unconditional support.

I am a Registered Social Worker specializing in mental health – providing support to individuals, couples, families, and groups as well as nationwide crisis management support to major corporations. Before entering private practice, I served as the University of Calgary’s Mental Health Consultant where I was the primary on-campus therapeutic support for the university’s staff, faculty, and post-doctorates as well as the designated mental health subject matter expert for staff facing initiatives. While there I was the author and co-developer on a number of institution-wide protocols, processes, and programs. I was also the lead clinician for critical incident debriefs for individual staff, teams, and faculties/ departments following on-campus fatalities and various other critical incidents. I also have specialized training and experience providing both individual and group therapy to first responders and their families in dealing with operational stress injuries, and I am an Alberta Firefighters Association endorsed clinician in the treatment of first responder trauma and operational stress injuries. My breadth of experience includes work with the Government of Alberta, patients accessing community public health facilities, and primary and secondary school divisions — supporting school-aged youth. 

Qualifications and Trainings​

  • Registered Social Worker, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Registration number 842194

  • Registered Social Worker, Alberta College of Social Workers, Registration number 12379

 

Education 

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Ryerson University - Member of the Faculty of Community Services Dean’s List

 

Professional Certifications​ and Trainings​

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) certified administrator 

  • British Columbia Fighters Association (BCFFA) Operational Awareness Training for Therapists: Treating First Responder Trauma

  • Trauma Sensitive and Trauma Informed Practice in Children, Adolescents, and their Families 

  • Trauma and Psychological First Aide in Woking with Victims of Traumatic Events

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Standard First Aid/ AED/ CPR Level C

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider – Heart & Stroke Foundation

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

  • Conflict Mediations Facilitator (Restorative Justice Practice)

  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Facilitator

 

Psychotherapeutic Approaches Used

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Prolonged Exposure

  • Gottman method

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

 

Professional Associations​

  • Member of Alberta Fire Fighters Association (AFFA) endorsed clinicians roster for practitioners treating first responder trauma and operational stress injury